Johnson and Johnson is making futile efforts to keep a very dirty secret about one of its subsidiaries. Its Ethicon division is one of the companies responsible for the production of defective transvaginal mesh products that have resulted in the injury of patients who received the implants and the need for multiple surgical procedures to correct the damage and remove the mesh. According to Johnson and Johnson, however, the real reason that they pulled Ethicon’s products off the market is because there is dwindling demand for them. It could be safe to say that when your products harm people, consumers may avoid them.
Products Unsafe for Medical Use
While Johnson and Johnson is trying to keep the real issues quiet, a mass tort is brewing over four of the products Ethicon produces as well as similar products manufactured by other companies. Ethicon’s defective products include the following.
- Gynecare Prosima
- Gynecare Prolift
- Gynecare Prolift + M
- Gynecare TVT Secur system
The spin placed on the recall of these products was that they are no longer profitable and that they are being pulled off of the market due to commercial concerns. Transvaginal mesh implants were originally marketed as a less invasive and easy alternative to traditional procedures for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence but were proven not only to be less effective— but to be the cause of severe trauma to nearby tissues and organs, perforated bowels, bladders and urethras, internal bleeding and organ damage due to mesh erosion, painful infections and septic shock and death. Johnson and Johnson’s assertion that the company is pulling these products due to concerns over their profitability only illustrates what a callous approach they are taking toward the safety and health of the patients implanted with these products.
Profits over People: A Prevailing Theme in Transvaginal Mesh Cases
Johnson and Johnson’s Ethicon is one of multiple manufacturers of defective transvaginal mesh products, but its attempt to hide the true reason behind its product recalls calls into question the company’s ethics and how much was known about the possible complications that could arise from transvaginal mesh procedures. Patients who were implanted with Ethicon devices may be entitled to compensation for the cost of the procedure as well as any additional procedures needed to remove the device and repair damage. Victims of negligence are also entitled to damages in the form of lost wages, pain and suffering and additional punitive damages that may be awarded by the court due to Johnson and Johnson’s unethical business practices.
If you received a transvaginal mesh implant for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence and were injured as a result, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation completely free of charge and we will review your case and inform you on your rights. We will do everything we are able to under law to ensure that you receive the compensation you have the right to and to hold Ethicon accountable for the damage done by its products. Read more about our vaginal mesh complication practice here.